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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month! Dr. Bobby Shah, a pulmonologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, has the surprising number of cancer deaths associated with cigarette smoking and how much smoking comes into play with lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, taking more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. A new study found that more than one in four cancer deaths attributed to cigarette smoking.

In Missouri, men and women combined, nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths attributable to cigarette smoking, ranking our state seventh in the nation.

Tune in to the interview to hear Dr. Bobby Shah talk about how smokers can go about quitting and how smoking will affect their annual doctor’s appointment.

Tobacco use is at an all-time low, 40 million adults in the U.S. are cigarette smokers.

To get help with quitting smoking, call 1-800-QUITNOW.